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BRITISH ACADEMY UNVEILS PRESIDENT’S MEDAL

25 Nov 2010

Lord of the Rings cartographer and ‘language made visible’ artist, Stephen Raw, has designed a new medal for the British Academy. 

The British Academy President’s Medal, unveiled for the first time at a special awards ceremony in London tonight, is awarded “for signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences”.  The first three recipients of this prestigious award are Dr Sarah Tyacke (formerly CEO of the National Archives), language learning advocate Professor Michael Worton and political journalist Peter Riddell.

The President’s Medal has taken four months to design and create, with the final drawings from Stephen Raw crafted into a 75mm bronzed metal medal produced by Spink Special Commissions Department.  Up to five President’s Medals may be be awarded annually.

Other awards to be presented at the Academy’s Medals and Prizes ceremony this evening include the Wiley Prize for Psychology (sponsored by publisher Wiley-Blackwell), this year given to early career scholar, Dr Essi Viding; the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies to New Testament specialist, Professor Ulrich Luz; the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in English Literature to author Dr Daisy Hay for her book, Young Romantics, and the Grahame Clark Medal to prehistoric archaeologist, Professor Richard Bradley FBA.

British Academy medals and prizes have been awarded annually for over 100 years.  Prizewinners are selected by expert groups of British Academy Fellows.  The prizes will be awarded by the Academy’s President, Sir Adam Roberts.

The full list of award winners is included below. 

Robin Jackson, Chief Executive and Secretary, the British Academy, said:

“We are delighted to be able to add this new medal to the Academy’s established portfolio of awards.  We are honoured to have had a distinguished artist design the medal.

“At a time when humanities and social science disciplines are coming under increased funding pressures, it is all the more important that outstanding work to support these areas is properly celebrated.  That is the aim of the new British Academy President’s Medals, and we have three very distinguished recipients for the first award.”


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EDITOR’S NOTES

• The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement across the UK and internationally.   For more information, please visit www.britac.ac.uk

• Stephen Raw is an artist whose artwork is concerned with ‘language made visible’. His work ranges from commercial lettering for publishers and designers under his company name ‘Letterforms’, through to lettering in all sorts of media for a wide-ranging list of clients. Added to this is his experimental work, which has been exhibited widely, in which Stephen explores the abstraction of the imagery of letterforms themselves.

• The British Library in London has recently added a set of the Tolkien maps Stephen drew for The Lord of the Rings’ (1994) to their world-renowned map collection. Stephen, commissioned by the publishers HarperCollins, worked under the tutelage of Christopher Tolkien who had drawn the originals for his father, J R R Tolkien. For more information, visit http://www.tolkienmaps.com/threetolkienmaps.html

BRITISH ACADEMY MEDALS AND PRIZES 2010
AWARD WINNERS

THE WILEY PRIZE IN PSYCHOLOGY
DR ESSI VIDING
Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, University College London

THE DEREK ALLEN PRIZE
PROFESSOR GARY TOMLINSON
Walter H Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

THE ROSE MARY CRAWSHAY PRIZE
DR DAISY HAY, Young Romantics

THE GRAHAME CLARK MEDAL FOR PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY
PROFESSOR RICHARD BRADLEY FBA
Professor of Archaeology, University of Reading

THE SERENA MEDAL FOR ITALIAN STUDIES
PROFESSOR ANNA LAURA LEPSCHY
Emeritus Professor, University College London

THE BURKITT MEDAL FOR BIBLICAL STUDIES
PROFESSOR ULRICH LUZ
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Bern

BRITISH ACADEMY PRESIDENT’S MEDALS
DR SARAH TYACKE
Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London

PROFESSOR MICHAEL WORTON
Vice Provost (Academic and International) and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature, University College London

Rt Hon PETER RIDDELL
Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government